President Donald Trump was treated with a therapy made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday. While the treatment uses cells once derived from fetal tissue, the cells are no longer considered fetal stem cells, despite a number of claims to the contrary.
California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu tweeted Oct. 6 that Trump had used an experimental drug that “relied on ‘human embryonic stem cells.’” While Lieu expressed support for it, he asked whether Trump — whose administration has worked to ban the use of fetal tissue in research — agrees with him.
Regeneron, an experimental drug which @POTUS took, relied on “human embryonic stem cells.” I support this research. I wonder if @realDonaldTrump and Amy Coney Barrett support this research? pic.twitter.com/NRdkl7tTrU
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 6, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services announced June 5, 2019 that the government was curtailing the ability of government scientists working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct studies that use donated fetal tissue. Some coronavirus vaccine developers say their work has been held up by the ban, Immunologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana